ARISE AND SHINE!

 

During my quiet time today, I studied and meditated on Isaiah 60:1. It is a Scripture that a friend sent to encourage me exactly 2 weeks ago, and I will like to use this same Scripture to encourage you today. I hope that Isaiah 60:1 encourages you as it encouraged me 2 weeks ago and as it is still encouraging me today.

Isaiah 60:1 says, “”Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (AMPC)

Let’s analyse this Scripture to understand it better.

  1. God is calling us to first of all arise. Arise from what? Amplified Bible says, ““Arise [from spiritual depression…” and the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says,” “”Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you…”

When you are in prostration, it means you are extremely and completely exhausted physically, or you lack energy or power, or have failed in your function.

So God is calling us to arise from the depression and prostration that circumstances have kept us in.

  1. Who should arise? The Living Bible says, “Arise, my people!”.

God is calling His people, those who have accepted Him as their personal Lord and Saviour, and you can become a part of God’s people by being born again.

  1. The next thing we should do after arising is to rise to a new life. You don’t just arise from depression and prostration, but rise to a new life.
  2. “Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord)”.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (NLT)

The veil is anything that covers our mind and prevents us from seeing and reflecting the glory of the Lord.

“The veil is removed only when a person is joined to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:17(GNT)

Exodus 34:29 says, “…the skin of his face was shining [with a unique radiance] because he had been speaking with God.” (AMP)

“…his face glowed from being in the presence of God.” (TLB)

And so, for you to shine and be radiant with the glory of the Lord, you must first be joined to Christ (that is, you must be born again) and then you have to be speaking with the Lord and be in His presence.

  1. “for your light has come”.

The Living Bible says “Let your light shine for all the nations to see!”

So your light has come and you should let your light shine for all to see.

Matthew 5:16 tells how we should let our light shine.

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (AMP)

The Message put it thus, “Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Opening up to others means that you should start to talk more about God to others; you should begin to speak freely and speak more about how you’ve experienced God’s love, power, goodness, faithfulness and mercy in your life.

When you open up to others, you’ll prompt them to open up with God. That you’ll prompt them to open up their lives to God and allow Him into their hearts, even to the deepest part of their lives. They will also be prompted to speak with God more and speak freely and more about God and His wonderful works in their lives.

  1. “…and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!”

This is the conclusion of Isaiah 60:1. We who are God’s people should arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept us; rise to a new life; shine and be radiant with the glory of the Lord; and let our light shine for all the nations to see because the glory of the Lord has risen upon us.

The New Living Translation says, “For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.”

The Living Bible puts it thus, “For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you.”

“Streaming’ means “flowing.” That means that the glory of the Lord is flowing from us, and if the glory of the Lord is flowing from us it means that the glory of the Lord is in us.

In conclusion, all these can only happen to you if you are a part of God’s people, that is, if you are born again. You can become born again by:

  1. Acknowledging that you are sinner. (Romans 3:23).
  2. Acknowledge that God exists and that Jesus Christ died to save you from your sins.
  3. Repent, confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness. (1 John 1:9). Please note that repentance includes a change of behaviour from your past sinful ways.
  4. Invite Jesus into your heart and ask Him to be your personal Lord and Saviour.

After these steps you are now born again but it doesn’t end there. You have to continue to grow in the knowledge of God and in your walk with the Lord.

 

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